Need opinions



  • My home desktop is slowly giving signs that it's going to die in the (presumably) near future. 

    I've been looking at various places that'll build you a pc to your liking; I'm sort of on the fence between iBuyPower and Falcon-nw (FragBox, loaded). I won't be using it for gaming, but gaming rigs tend to have the most power/capacity/...

    Given comparable parts, their prices aren't far apart. Falcon's reputation seems quite good, but everyone seems to agree you'll wait a bit for them to email you back should you need service.

    Does anyone have a preference/warning about either, and if so, why?

    Thanks...



  • Any particular reason you don't want to build it yourself? It's really not hard, start to finish (hardware, software, and driver stability issues) is usually around five hours or so.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    Any particular reason you don't want to build it yourself?
     

    You don't need a special reason to not build yourself. Building your own is the special case.

    If you don't have special love for components, then there's no reason to gather pieces of hardware, compare specs, make sure they fit etc. You just want to buy a computer with a 4-pack of giggleherzels and a half dozen rimrams.

    I like hardware to a certain degree, so I ask questions like "which video card is the best one that still matches my current motherboard's slots, will it fit spacewise, and do I need to say adieu to my nice aftermarket cooler?"

    (this is an actual question that I'm asking myself now, by the way. New hi-graph games are starting to dip below 20fps. It's not pretty.)



  • @dhromed said:

    New hi-graph games are starting to dip below 20fps. It's not pretty.

    Dude, there's no reason to lie; you're among friends here. We know you're just trying to watch 4K porn..


    Why you feel the need to have such a close-up shot of the guy's [REDACTED] as it furiously rams the [REDACTED] of the [REDACTED] right in its [REDACTED]-hole, I'll never know..



  • I'm very happy with iBuyPower. A+++ would buy again.

    I did have a problem with the 120mm fans dying sooner than they should have, I contacted them about it but instead of waiting for the replacement to get shipped I just fixed it myself. The support was great though.

    There's no point in building it yourself. iBuyPower builds it for you, soundproofs it (as well as possible), burns it in for 24 hours, and it's their problem if it turns out any parts are defective or if it is assembled wrong. That's well worth the tiny, tiny, markup they charge.



  • @dhromed said:

    You don't need a special reason to not build yourself.

    It's significantly cheaper. I would say that I probably saved between $1000 - $2000 building my computer.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    I would say that I probably saved between $1000 - $2000 building my computer.

    Haha wut! Unpossible, unless you live in the Country Of High Computer Component Costs.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    It's significantly cheaper. I would say that I probably saved between $1000 - $2000 building my computer.

    Are you missing a decimal point in each of those numbers?



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    I would say that I probably saved between $1000 - $2000 building my computer.

    Wait, so did you build it for free or something? Because $1000 - $2000 is about what a new computer costs.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Unpossible, unless you live in the Country Of High Computer Component Costs.

    Wait, are you saying that I should have been able to save more money? I'm confused.


    Assuming you're saying the opposite, and that I couldn't have saved that much money, I bought the parts piecemeal over a few months whenever they were on sale. Microcenter will semi-regularly put stuff on a massive discount, you just have to be paying attention. For example, the mobo (~$100 off the shelf) and cpu (now discontinued, it's here on NewEgg (~$350 when I bought it) went as a bundled package for about $120. Similarly, the Blu Ray drive usually went for ~$100, but I grabbed it for $40. (Side note: this was close to 2 years ago).



  • @nosliwmas said:

    Are you missing a decimal point in each of those numbers?

    @morbiuswilters said:
    Wait, so did you build it for free or something? Because $1000 - $2000 is about what a new computer costs.

    No, I'm comparing against so called "high-end gaming PCs." Which are typically a rip-off, but the hardware in my machine is almost always equivalent or better. I spent less than a grand all told, but had I done some stupid shit like bought it from Alienware it would have cost twice that easily.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    Microcenter will semi-regularly put stuff on a massive discount, you just have to be paying attention. For example, the mobo (~$100 off the shelf) and cpu (now discontinued, it's here on NewEgg (~$350 when I bought it) went as a bundled package for about $120. Similarly, the Blu Ray drive usually went for ~$100, but I grabbed it for $40.

    I buy all of my cars at police auctions.



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    Which are typically a rip-off, but the hardware in my machine is almost always equivalent or better. I spent less than a grand all told, but had I done some stupid shit like bought it from Alienware it would have cost twice that easily.

    I never saw them as much of a rip-off (although they sometimes overcharge for some components, but it's easy to just leave those out and put in your own).



  • @mikeTheLiar said:

    I spent less than a grand all told, but had I done some stupid shit like bought it from Alienware it would have cost twice that easily.

    Well duh. That's because Alienware.

    We're talking about iBuyPower.



  •  Thanks - I'll give iBuyPower a closer look!



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    I buy all of my cars at police auctions.

    Now you're thinking. Clear the dead hooker out of the trunk (actually, knowing you, pre-filled with dead hooker is probably a selling point) and you're good to go!



  • @snoofle said:

    My home desktop is slowly giving signs that it's going to die in the (presumably) near future. 

    I've been looking at various places that'll build you a pc to your liking; I'm sort of on the fence between iBuyPower and Falcon-nw (FragBox, loaded). I won't be using it for gaming, but gaming rigs tend to have the most power/capacity/...

    Given comparable parts, their prices aren't far apart. Falcon's reputation seems quite good, but everyone seems to agree you'll wait a bit for them to email you back should you need service.

    Does anyone have a preference/warning about either, and if so, why?

    Thanks...

     

     

    My suggestion is to get a friend and build it. The satisfaction you get from building your own is much more. It is like difference between self-breeding and adoption.

     



  • @Nagesh said:

    My suggestion is to get a friend and build it. The satisfaction you get from building your own is much more. It is like difference between self-breeding and adoption.

    You get to watch the computers have sex?



  • @Ben L. said:

    @Nagesh said:
    My suggestion is to get a friend and build it. The satisfaction you get from building your own is much more. It is like difference between self-breeding and adoption.

    You get to watch the computers have sex?

    Oh yeah, put your 24 pin power supply connector in my motherboard, nice and slow....until it just.....clicks....into...place. Yeah, just like that. Now rub some thermal paste on my CPU, I'm getting hot. I want you to bundle my cables with zip ties, nice and tight.



  • @Nagesh said:

    The satisfaction you get from building your own is much more. It is like difference between self-breeding and adoption.

    What.

    The.

    Fuck.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @Nagesh said:
    The satisfaction you get from building your own is much more. It is like difference between self-breeding and adoption.

    What Literally.

    The.

    Fuck.

    FTFY


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